The sextet transplants the New Orleans brass-band tradition to St. Louis on Cut the Body Loose, but the group's love for the NOLA-bred music is far from slavish devotion. In fact, it's safe to say that the Funky Butt Brass Band uses the New Orleans brass tradition as a base and then builds off of it. "If You Love Me Like You Say" is a heartfelt soul number in the Stax Records tradition, while the slide guitar gives a country & Western flair to the taxpayer's lament on "Hey Yeah." With only four horn players, the band's sound isn't as thick and boisterous as it could be, but each instrumentalist adds his own flair.
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